Saturday, March 27, 2010

organizing online recipes

Here's the lowdown on creating your very own online cookbook using delicious.

  1. Create a new delicious account if you do not already have one.
  2. Install the delicious add-on to your browser. This will allow you to very easily add any recipe to your online cookbook. Internet Explorer users, click here. Firefox users, click here.
  3. After you've installed the add-on, you should see three new buttons at the top of the browser:

  4. Start by browsing to any of your favorite recipes. When you find a recipe that you want to keep, click the little blue Tag button in your browser (pictured above).
  5. You will then see a pop-up window that allows you to save this recipe to your delicious cookbook. (Click image below.) In the Tags field, type in words describing the recipe that will help you reference the recipe in the future. Separate your tags by a single space. Tags can be anything you want them to be (dinner, holiday, crockpot, italian, dessert, bread, soup, etc.) For any tag that would normally have a space in it, just use a hyphen or remove the space (e.g. for the tag "slow cooker", use "slowcooker" or "slow-cooker").

  6. After you have finished adding all the tags you want to your recipe, click the Save button. This will add the recipe to your cookbook.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add other recipes to your cookbook. When you want to access your cookbook, just click the checkered button on your toolbar (it should be the first of the three blue buttons that were part of the add-on).
  8. Your delicious cookbook will look something like this (click for larger image):

  9. You will see your most recent recipes listed first. You can click on any recipe link to view it. Each recipe's tags are listed under it. The blue number to the right is really irrelevant but indicates how many times other people have bookmarked the same recipe.
  10. Finding recipes can be done either by using the Search function at the top right-hand side (select the magnifying glass and choose "My Bookmarks" then type in your search term. You can easily see how many recipes you have tagged "soup" by clicking the arrow next to All Tags on the right hand side. Your most frequently used tags are listed to the right as well.